The “Consider This!” Podcast, Episode 56: Debt Limit Flip-Flops, and the ObamaCare Math

    The latest episode of the “Consider This!” podcast is out. Conservative commentary in 10 minutes or less. I had a nice conversation with a Twitter follower on the flipping and flopping may Democrats have done on the whole debt limit issue. They were very much against raising it until one of their guys is sitting in the White House. What a difference an administration makes! I was | Read More »

    Economics is Too Focused on Math

    Does economics rely too much on math? A fellow blogging friend recently pointed me to a scholarly article discussing the increasing reliance of economics on mathematical models. Dr. Gibson, an engineering and economics expert, takes a strong stance against the “allure” of mathematical models, arguing that they offer no significant contribution if the importance of common sense and human interaction is ignored. He argues, “But while the mathematicians, some | Read More »

    Why Romney Will Win (And Handily)

    One of the more interesting facets of the election coming up on Tuesday is the fact that both sides seem completely convinced that their guy is winning.  It’s natural for liberals to feel that way, especially if they trust the New York Times and Nate Silver’s supposedly-predictive model.  Conservatives look deeper and see major cracks in the foundations of the liberals’ sources of confidence, especially | Read More »

    Who Wants to Raise Taxes?

    The answer: 18 percent of Americans. Fewer than 1 in 5 think that the way to reduce the deficit is through hiking taxes. 86 percent of Americans think that the deficit can be reduced through spending cuts. The numbers come from a new poll by CBS News, and are bad news for those on the left who advocate for increases in taxation to reduce the national | Read More »

    What we have here, is a lack of Gumption (not to mention a handle on Math)

    I’ve celebrated my 10th birthday 5 times now…my whole family got together and got me one of those iPad doo-hickies.  I immediately downloaded iBooks, then went to Project Gutenberg to snag all of the titles/authors I recognized.  I like science-fiction (among other things) and here is where the “crux of the biscuit” comes in… Before the writers like Robert A. Heinlein went over to fantasy | Read More »

    Coming Soon – National Curricula for Most Public Schools in the US

    The Common Core State Standards Initiative (CCSSI) is a voluntary, state-run effort, backed by the US Department of Education, to draft and implement a common core of grade level specific academic standards for Math and English in every public school in the nation.  The effort is heralded as a bi-partisan initiative of the National Governor’s Association, with 48 states, two US territories, and the District | Read More »

    Revenge of the Nerds

    I just published the fifth in a series of boring posts on the boring calculations which have to be made in order to understand the cost of various health care reforms. There is little new in these observations, but they are rarely (ever?) pulled together in one place. Maybe I’m all wrong; maybe I hit the bull’s-eye. More likely, I’m partly right and partly wrong. | Read More »

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    Health Care Math 5: Paying the Piper

    Health Care Math 5: Paying the Piper   The four preceding parts of this series discussed the cost of proposals for “improving” the way we pay for health care, and the quantity and quality of that care.   To evaluate such proposals certain calculations and projections must be made. The conclusion was that the improvements would be costly—more than five trillion dollars over the next | Read More »

    Health Care Math 3: Private Profits and Waste

    Health Care Math 3: Private Profits and Waste                                                                                     By Dr. Mike Razar   It is undeniable that the following question is central to any discussion of the details of the health care system.   Can the Government provide health insurance at lower cost than the private sector?   It is no exaggeration that the current debate is about whether hatred and lack of | Read More »

    Health Care Math 1: Necessary Numbers

    Innumeracy and math-phobia have many downsides. One is the failure even to ask the right questions. Here is a list of some important questions which are necessary to know the answers to in order to have an informed debate on health care. This is the first in a series of related posts. Whether one looks at the 2000 page Democratic plan or the 200 page | Read More »

    Nate Silver becomes the Joe Morgan of Politics

    Nate Silver once was a respected mathematical analyst. His baseball-related work, such as that at Baseball Prospectus and on PECOTA, showed that he has the ability to make solid, reasoned arguments using mathematical tools. But now, he’s flushed his own reputation into the toilet with his campaign against Strategic Vision. The pretend math, and lack of serious analysis and justification, in his series of posts | Read More »

    TGIF Open Thread

    Resolved: Science and mathematics are not difficult. Here’s proof: Patently obvious, isn’t it? TGIF. Open thread, eh?

    Fuzzy Math – Obama Style

    Monday (Good Morning America): “Senator Obama, your health care plan will cost well into the hundreds of billions, some estimates even over a trillion. How will you find the funding to pay for this ambitious plan?” Obama: “That’s simple. I can pay for it by rolling back Bush’s tax cuts for the wealthy.” Tuesday (CNN): “Senator Obama, your energy plan calls for substantial ‘investment’ in | Read More »

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